“Follow Jesus on the journey he has planned for you, and invite your people along.”
“When God called me to plant a church, he intended for me to go on a journey with him. The beginning and end of this journey are not results, but the love of God in Christ. That is the promised land! Church planting is uncomfortable and dangerous work. When Jesus calls you to take it up, he intends to draw near in previously unknown ways. If you’re willing to respond in your soul to where God is calling you, you can take people with you.”
I came across this statement while doing some online reading about church planting. After 3 1/2 years of church planting in Del Rio, I sensed this statement was written just for me. I have never been comfortable as a church planter, having served in traditional churches my entire time as a minister. For me, City Church Del Rio had to be very different than what I knew as church. I needed to experience a total reliance upon God like I never have before. I need others to come along and join me in this experience.
The reason I say that I have been uncomfortable is because church planting goes against my every being of the way I do things. Growing up in a very structured household, and then having served 7 plus year in the US Army, I always have know structure as a way of life. Don’t get me wrong, there is some sense of structure to church planting, it just isn’t as visible as what I would call normal structure. Church planting has allowed me to do things I would never do in a normal church structure. I am allowed to lead others to dream with me and even though it may really seem impossible, God allows me and those of my team to make sense of it through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I plan to expand some more on my journey as a church planter in the upcoming days and weeks so that you may be able to catch a glimpse of the God I have so enjoyably been able to walk with.
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,